4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Bi-Sexual Book Contemporary Exploration Friends to lovers Gay GFY/OFY Heat Index Hidden Lovers Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Military Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Virgin

Desert Heat and Native Tongue Audiobook by Lucy Felthouse narrated by Joel Leslie




Desert Heat: Their love is forbidden by rules, religion, and risk. Yet, still they can’t resist. Captain Hugh Wilkes is on his last tour of duty in Afghanistan. The British Army is withdrawing, and Wilkes expects his posting to be event-free. That is, until he meets his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, who awakens desires in Wilkes that he’d almost forgotten about, and that won’t be ignored.

Native Tongue: They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over. When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?


I’m not sure of the timeline, but I’m assuming that given the degree to which these guys hid their feelings, it was a bit earlier in time. That combined with the location and the ethnicity of where they were stationed forced Balkhi and Hugh to hide their burgeoning love for one another for most of the time they’re stationed together. It’s only near the end of their tour that they were able to give in to their feelings and only once they moved back to England were they able to be out in public.

Once in England the trouble between them becomes how to organize their lives so they actually get to spend time together, but they find that their love is enough to overcome any obstacle.


Despite it’s length, this was a very slow burn romance. Almost all of book one was taken up with getting these guys to admit their feelings. Surprisingly, they took some amazing risks to be together that I thought were going to back fire – but amazingly – didn’t.

I really liked how deep their feelings for one another grew and how unafraid they were of speaking of them. Especially Balkhi.

I enjoyed watching these guys learning about being together and being “out”.  It was sweet, sexy and fun.

I really enjoyed these books and would look for more from this author in the future. I found the look at the British army as well as the conundrum for the interpreters to be fascinating.

Story 4.5 of 5 stars


Joel Leslie did a SUPERB job with his narration. He gave Hugh and all the various folks from the UK unique and believable accents as well as Balkhi’s more stilted English. I really enjoyed listening to this and found it made me feel more immersed in the story.

Narration 5 of 5 stars

For both the story and the narration 4.75 of 5 stars


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